President Obama begins a three day campaign swing to the west coast today, and we will hear yet another slogan intended to prod Congress into passing his American Jobs Act.
One White House spokesman said on Twitter Sunday night that the President would continue to pressure Congressional Republicans with a new mantra “We can’t Wait.”
I can only conclude that the President believes that “pass this bill, pass this bill now” didn’t work too well. And, in fact it didn’t. Not one Democrat in the House was willing to put his or her fingerprints on it by sponsoring the bill.
In the Senate, the full bill was defeated on October 11. The President then changed tactics and urged that the bill be broken up into little pieces, something he vowed earlier he world not accept. But, that didn’t fair so well either. On October 21 the $35 billion portion that was designed to go to states to help teachers, firefighters, etc. also failed with two Democrats, Mark Pryor (D. Ar.) and Ben Nelson (D. Ne.), and one Independent, Joe Lieberman (I. Ct.) voting against it.
The $60 billion piece of the President’s bill dealing with infrastructure spending will be up next in the Senate, but, in spite of the President’s new message, the President will have to wait…the Senate will not be back in session until Halloween.